Consultation Meeting on Tourism Recovery held

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation in coordination with Nepal Tourism Board, organized a consultation meeting for Tourism Recovery of Nepal on May 10, 2015 with private sector. The meeting chaired by Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) Mr. Suresh Man Shrestha, was attended by almost 150 participants from the tourism sector, officials from the government, private sector and media. The  meeting started with a 1-minute silence observed in the memory of the thousands of Nepalis and more than 70 tourists who lost their lives in the fatal 7.6-Richter scale earthquake of  April 25, 2015. The meeting was called for feedback and suggestions from the tourism industry and officials, for reconstruction and recovery of the tourism industry of Nepal. “We welcome feedback and suggestions regarding how to get the tourism industry back on its feet, making a strategy on how to go ahead,” Mr. Shrestha said. During interaction, it was noted that very few trekking routes and some cultural heritage sites were destroyed, remaining several destination safe. The participants mainly concerned that Nepal should focus to the diversification of tourism destinations and product while emphasizing on safety, security and quality assurances. More equally, […]

TRC formed to assess post earthquake impact on tourism

The Tourism Recovery Committee(TRC) has been formed with the representation from the government and private stakeholder on May 7, 2015 to work for minimizing the impact of earthquake of April 25, 2015 on Nepali tourism industry and to bring the industry toward normalcy.   The Tourism Recovery Committee (TRC), led by Tulsi Prasad Gautam, Director General of Department of Tourism (DoT), will study the impacts of the tragic incident on the tourism industry, identify short-term and long-terms works needed to be done, formulate necessary program for recovery, and make necessary suggestions to concerned government agencies for speedy recovery of the tourism industry, according to a press statement issued on May 7.   The committee will also recommend to the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) to do the needful for disseminating positive messages about Nepal in the international market. It also aims to work in coordination with other associations, organizations and agencies for other needful works. The stakeholders also decided to make rapid assessment/field study of hotel sector in coordination with Hotel Association Nepal (HAN) to be led by the Department of Tourism, cultural heritage sites in coordination with Nepal Association of Tours Operators (NATO), and trekking trails in association with Trekking […]

Lecture Session on High Altitude Sickness

TIMS card holders and trekkers are requested to attend Lecture Session on High Altitude Sickness on every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday effective from March 3, 2014 conducted by CIWEC Hospital and Himalayan Rescue Association from 2 pm to 3 pm at Lecture Hall, Nepal Tourism Board, Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu.

Royalty for mountaineering in Nepal

As per the notice published in Nepal gazette on 12 February 2014, the Royalty for mountaineering in Nepal has been amended for foreign and Nepalese climbers as follows. Royalty for Foreign Climber per Person in US Dollar S.N. Mountain Spring Season Autumn Season Winter/Summer 1. Everest Normal Route 11000 5500 2750 2. Everest Other Route 10000 5000 2500 3. Others Mountain more than 8000 m. 1800 900 450 4. 7501m.-7999m. 600 300 150 5. 7000m. – 7500m. 500 250 125 6. 6501m – 6999m. 400 200 100 7. Mt. Amadablam (6812M) 400 400 200 8. Less than 6500m. 250 125 70 The provision of Royalty for foreign climbers will come into effect from 1 January 2015 (B.S.2071/09/17) Royalty for Nepalese Climber per Person in Nepalese Rupees S.N. Mountain Spring Season Autumn Season Winter/ Summer 1. Everest Normal Route 75000 37500 18250 2. Everest Other Route 60000 30000 15000 3. Others Mountain more than 8000 m. 10000 5000 2500 4. 7501m.-7999m. 8000 4000 2000 5. 7000m. – 7500m. 6000 3000 1500 6. 6501m – 6999m. 5000 2500 1250 7. Mt. Amadablam (6812M) 8000 8000 4000 8. Less than 6500 m. 4000 2000 1000 Royalty for Nepalese climbers will come into effect […]

Tourism Service Fee revised after 9 years

As per the directive of the Executive Committee of Nepal Tourism Board under  the sub-rule (2) and (3) of Rule 3 of Nepal Tourism Board Regulations, 2055 and approved by the Ministry of Finance, the Government of Nepal, the Tourism Service Fee(TSF) has been revised from Rs. 500 to Rs. 1000/- (excluding VAT) effective from March 1, 2014. The TSF will be levied on the outgoing foreign travelers departing from all airports in Nepal. However, it will be implemented only from Tribhuvan International Airport at present. Commenting on the new change, Mr. Subash Nirola, Acting Chief Executive of Nepal Tourism Board says that it would enable the Nepal Tourism Board to concentrate more on international  promotion  and domestic tourism development. “ With a bigger budget, Nepal Tourism Board will now prepare and implement  5 years plan to penetrate the market that has been unexplored before,” says Mr. Nirola. “ I now urge  all members of Nepalese travel trade industry to join in hands with us in promoting, expanding and developing  Nepalese tourism industry also in regional level by putting effort in increasing length of stay, tourist arrivals and average income per visitor per day,” he adds.   Over the last […]

Press Release of Department of Immigration on online visa

Nepal Tourism Board Press Release of Department of Immigration on online visa January 27, 2014 Good News for  Valued Customers In an attempt to offer better quality and smart services to our esteemed guest, the Department of Immigration has launched Online Application system for its valued customers. Since the system consumes less paper, it is also a part of our commitment to the environment friendly service.   Foreigners, who want to apply visa to visit or stay in Nepal can apply for Visa through this application system. The Online system could be log in to or from any place and at any time. The Online Application System can preserve your application for 15 days in its system, so you can apply at your convenience and produce it before Immigration Authority at the time of entry and visa extension. Department of Immigration is committed to provide quality and smart services to its online applicants.   Initially, the online service is available at the Department of Immigration, Kathmandu and one of the ports of entry of Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. You can apply online for all types of Visa except Diplomatic and Official at the Department. For Diplomatic and Official Visa, […]

Nepal is travellers’ first choice in Asia for upcoming destinations

Nepal has been voted as travellers’ first choice in Asia for upcoming destinations and third choice globally.   TRAVEL website TripAdvisor on December 3, 2013 disclosed the winners of its 2013 Travellers’ Choice Awards for Destinations on the Rise. Trip Advisor, an international travel site, revealed the top ten winners of its Travelers Choice 2013. The list is based on reviews and votes of travelers. The destinations on rise category rates the places that have seen the biggest increase in positive reviews from travelers on the site over the past year. Kathmandu is mystical and magical place, a trove of ancient structures that are enveloped in folklore, Trip Advisor describes the city. The site claims to have over 260 million unique visitors monthly and operates in 34 countries, including China.   Kathmandu is the only destination to make it to the list from south Asia. Other destinations from Asia include Isreal, Japan and Vietnam. Kathmandu has also been named the best backpack destination by Australian travelers in the site.   Highlighting 54 spots globally based on the consolidated reviews and opinions of TripAdvisor travellers, topping the list for Asia is Kathmandu in Nepal, and for the world, Havana in Cuba. […]

Shuttle Bus Service

Nepal Tourism Board and Himalayan Rescue Association under the banner of Tourism Crisis Cell with the coordination of Tourist Police has arranged shuttle bus service for the national and international air passengers from airport to various hotels and vice versa on the polling day of eelection of Constituient Assembly on November 19, 2013. Passengers can contact directly to the concerned Tourist Police or to vehicle provider. Bus will start running from early in the morning. If you need micro bus for your group, you can contact the service provider. The shuttle bus will operate in five different routes as follows. Route 1 Airport -NAC -Newroad -Hotel Annapurna -Hotel Yak & Yeti-Thamel Chowk -Lainchour Chowk- Hotel Shanker Hotel- Ambassador -Airport Route 2 Airport –Gausala-Shifal- Bhagawatibahal-Durbar Marg- Hotel Radisson -Hotel Shangrila -Narayan Gopal Chowk -Maharajganj Chowk -Hyatt Regency -Chabahil Chowk -Hotel Dwarika- Airport Route 3 Airport- Tinkune Chowk -Hotel Everest- Maitighar Chowk- Hotel Himalaya – St. Xavier’s School-Hotel Soaltee- Hotel Grand – Airport Vehicle Service Provider: Nepal Tourist Vehicle Association 1. Mr. Raj Bdr. Ojha Mobile No. 9849561572 Ph.No. 977-01-4418081 2. Mr. Kailash Karki Mobile No. 9851036049 Ph.No. 977-01-4418081 Tourism Crisis Cell: Tele: 01-4442555 Mobile no: 9751044088 Tourist Police: 4247041